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Recently, DC comics came out with this Batgirl variant:

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This image caused a stir because of the sexual undertones and the fact that it hearkened back to one of the darkest points in Barbara Gordon’s history: The Killing Joke. For those few who haven’t read this graphic novel, it’s the comic where the Joker cripples and humiliates Babs in order to get at her father. It was one of the most problematic moments in the story, and even Alan Moore has gone on record regretting the decision to cripple her without paying much attention to the trauma she’d suffered.

DC Comics has pulled this variant at the request of the artist, and, regardless of whether they were right or wrong to do so, I just love their statement: “Regardless if fans like Rafael Albuquerque’s homage to Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke graphic novel from 25 years ago, or find it inconsistent…

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Mutanimals #1

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I love the IDW incarnation of the Ninja Turtles and its talent for blending every incarnation of the concept. It acts as sort of an ultimate Turtles universe while adding enough twists and new elements to make it seem fresh. One of the best new additions to the mythos is Old Hob, an alley cat who was mutated in the accident that created the Turtles and Splinter. He started out in the series as dumb muscle, but as it went on, Old Hob has been revealed to be extremely sympathetic, clever, and bent on creating a mutant army. That brings us to this mini series, Mutanimals. When Pigeon Pete, one of their own, and Lindsay Baker, a scientist who is helping Hob with his mutant army, are kidnapped, it’s up to the Mutanimals to get them back. This comic marks the introduction of two characters, an underrated villain from the Archie…

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Gravity Falls Discovery

Hello, I’m still a unicorn. Recently, I’ve gotten into an awesome show called Gravity Falls. For anyone who hasn’t watched it, go check it out right now. It has to be one of the most brilliantly though out cartoons I have ever seen, full of secret codes, ciphers, hidden messages, and a great mystery. Case in point, the image that appears at the end of every episode:

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The show is about two twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, who go to live with their Great Uncle Stan, a con artist, and solve mysteries in a strange small town.The little pictures surrounding the illuminati symbol in a top hat each represent a different character from the show. For example, the pine tree represents Dipper, because he wears the symbol on his hat.  Several of the symbols have not been deciphered yet, but I want to focus on one in particular: the llama. In the latest episode of Gravity Falls, Pacifica Northwest, the resident rich mean girl asks Dipper for help in solving a mystery. In a secret room in her house, this is a painting in the secret room of her house:

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This indicates that Pacifica is probably the llama on the cipher and will probably have a major role in the storyline. So what do you think Gravity Falls fans? Is this a possibility? Are there any other codes or Easter eggs that you’ve found?

Also, I’d like to thank my little sister and her sharp eyed friend for pointing this out. You two are awesome!

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Why Do We Need Superman Anyway?

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I’m a firm believer that you can tell a lot about a person by his choice of favorite Ninja Turtle. Obviously, if you prefer Donatello, you’re into math and science. If you like Mikey, you’re laid back and fun loving, and if you like Raph, you’ve got a rebellious streak. But what about Leonardo? Does that mean that you’re a boring stick in the mud as many have called him?* Why is it that people don’t really care much for Leo?
Or how about Superman? One of the major criticisms of Superman is that he’s incredibly dull. Why is it that we think of the more paragon-like characters as uninteresting? Obviously, there’s more than one reason why, and, like humanity itself, it’s very complex. Even I, the know-it-all that I am, don’t know why. Perhaps, in this day and age, we are looking less for heroes in red capes tossing the bad…

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Iris’ Allen’s The Life Story of the Flash

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With the ever controversial One More Day, and the blanket ban on New 52, it looks like marriage in comics is  thing of the past. It’s a shame too because then we miss out on trades like Iris Allen’s Life Story of the Flash, a delightful biography of Barry Allen’s tenure as the Flash told from the point of view of his wife. It’s basically a recap of Barry Allen’s life told in a very clever way. The narrative weaves in prose and comics in a way that makes it really easy and fun to read. I really liked how they drew the comics portions in the style of the late silver/bronze age of comics. This gives the reader a nice, subtle idea of when the original storyline took place. There were plenty of  other really nice touches that I really enjoyed, such as crediting Iris Allen as the author on…

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Usagi Yojimbo Senso

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It’s war of the worlds with samurai. Do I really need to say more? Go buy it. Yesterday. It’s a fantastic six issue series set twenty years in the future of Usagi Yojimbo, a comic about a samurai rabbit who wanders the Japanese countryside. That’s literally all you need to know going in. The main character, Usagi, the bounty hunter Gennosuke, and Usagi’s son, Jotaro, have become high ranking members of the Geishu clan. They’re waging the deciding battle in the war against Lord Hikiji when a giant, mysterious object falls from the sky. From then on, it’s war: samurai versus aliens and it is glorious. Each issue is action packed and chaotic, with fantastic artwork. Stan Sakai is the master of the action sequence and mixing loud battle scenes with quiet character moments. In the twenty years between this series and the main, a lot has obviously happened.

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On Harley Quinn, Comedy, and Catharsis

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Hello, everybody at NBC! I’m Katharine, the site’s biggest newbie. For my inaugural post, I thought I’d take a look at Harley Quinn #4 (you can read my thoughts on the first volume as a whole here). Why this issue in particular? Of all the issues, this one had the biggest flaw, and that’s what makes it the most fun to talk about. To me, this is the issue that took things a bit too far and went from funny to mean spirited. It pushes the boundaries of what makes a sympathetic character.

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